Dowry Creek Marina near Belhaven
06 April 2022
We left Beaufort at first light and motorsailed our way north. The day started calm and we fought the current up Adams Creek to the Neuse River. We passed Oriental, and kept on truckin'. The wind picked up a bit as we reached the mouth of the river. By the time we exited Goose Creek and entered the Pamlico River it was blowing 15-20 kts. That pushed us toward the Pungo River and up to Dowry Creek.
We landed at the Dowry Creek Marina with the wind at our stern. We had excellent help from the dockhands, so it looked like we knew what we were doing. We knew the winds would be up to 40 kts tonight, so we had 7 docklines and 4 large fenders out.
We had an excellent soft shell crab dinner on the boat. The marina had prime soft shells in their freezer and we took advantage of the treat. Then we watched a movie and settled in for the blow. It peaked between midnight and 2 am, but we slept through most of it. The boat rode the wind and waves well. By morning the wind shifted to SW and we were very well protected.
We do not expect the weather to break until Friday. Our current plan is to Move early Friday and cross the Albemarle Sound. Then on to Norfolk, VA and then home.